1964 AC “Shelby” Cobra

There is no other car on the planet that can say that it has been copied as much as this car. If you read the license plate holder on this model it reads, “Yes, it’s real”. Of course it’s real… Only 425 of these originals were made and this is a perfect example of a ’64 small block. It doesn’t have any windows, doesn’t have a top, and for the most part, doesn’t have anything attached to it that will slow it down. Because ‘faster’ is all this car wants to do.

I could put money on the fact that we have all seen a kit/private production version of this car during our travels around the automotive world as they come in many different colors (and stripes) and styles (racing kits, roll cages, coupes). To be in the presence of a legitimate “REAL” one is always a treat. There are few color combinations more striking than a jet black exterior paired with a bright red interior especially on this body style. Perfectly shaped fenders are coupled with a classic racing grill and paired with the ultimate ride height (ass on the ground) to complete the shell of this legend. It’s simply gorgeous from fascia to bonnet.. er… chin to tailpipe.

My favorite automotive rumor? When Shelby first designed the drivetrain for the big block version of this car, the engine power was too much for the transmission to handle and when floored off the line, the torque would rip the gear box right off the chassis leaving large gouges as it dragged along the pavement. Even if the story is utter myth… what a grand piece of PR. Downloadable photos can always be found here: Shiny Side Flickr

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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